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Below are some of our area's most popular events that are sure to entertain individuals, couples or the entire family. Be sure to make Grand Harbor Inn your home away from home as you enjoy what our Midcoast region of Maine has to offer year-round.
A week-long celebration of winter beginning with ice carving and snow sculpting and culminating with the US National Toboggan Championships, fireworks, a snow plow parade, concert and dance, all with a festive Maine Mardi Gras theme. For more information and to see a detailed schedule of events, visit: www.camdenwinterfest.com.
This amateur event started in the 1990s and has swelled into a serious affair, with people coming from all over the U.S and overseas, often with their wooden toboggans roped to the roof of their family SUVs. The 400-foot long, one-run toboggan chute is located at the Camden Snow Bowl skiing area. For more information, call 207-236-3438 or visit camdensnowbowl.com.
As always, this year's Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour features a collection of the most inspiring and thought-provoking action, environmental, and adventure mountain films. Traveling from remote landscapes and cultures to adrenaline packed action sports, the 2017 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world. Hosted by Maine Sport Outfitters and held at the Strom Auditorium in Rockport, each night will be a mix of different films. For tickets, call (207) 236-7120.
The 2018 Camden Conference will explore shifts in global power and the ramifications for major players, particularly China, the US and the nations of Europe, in pursuing their national interests. Speakers will address the impact of globalization, the rise of nationalism, transformations in global economies, and the management of a range of future threats such as climate change, population growth, and cyber insecurity. For more information, visit their website camdenconference.org.
Start the driving season right! Spend the day exploring scenic roads and locations in Midcoast Maine in your antique, classic or special interest auto and benefit the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s Intern Program! This inaugural spring event invites classic car owners to dust off their vehicles and hit the road! After gathering at OHTM, participants will spend the day exploring a specially curated scenic route, stopping at iconic locations in beautiful Midcoast Maine. For more info, visit owlshead.org.
Four days of fun in the Midcoast! Local groups are joining together to throw a four day party with music, parades, fireworks, and breathtaking natural beauty. Make a long weekend of it and celebrate in style. Watch a spectacular community-financed fireworks display over Camden Harbor on the evening of July 3rd: an eve of independence celebration to honor our heritage and our history. For more information, visit mainedreamvacation.com.
Over 100 artists and craftspeople display and sell their work in scenic Camden Amphitheater, Harbor Park, and along Atlantic Avenue. Stroll around the different vendor tents and shop for unique art and crafts while enjoying the view. For more information, contact the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce at 207-236-4404 or visit Camden Harbor Arts.
The North Atlantic Blues Festival, one of the more prestigious festivals on the East Coast will run for two days, July 16 and 17, 2016. The event will be held at the popular festival site, Harbor Park in Rockland, Maine, overlooking picturesque Rockland Harbor. Some of the top names in blues music will be featured on the Main Stage. For details or to purchase tickets, visit the North Atlantic Blues Festival.
Spend an idyllic summer evening of dining and dancing to live music as the sun sets over the vineyard at Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville. Trillium Catering will be providing a decadent Southern style family dinner; ten piece Matchmaker Band from Austin, Texas, will get you on the dance floor with their irresistible Motown funk-soul covers. Grape Affair is SOLD OUT! Visit mainewine.com for more info.
Join Cellardoor for an afternoon in the Vineyard to enjoy live music, local foods, brews and of course, Cellardoor wine. This year’s musical acts include the mashup pop vocal group, The Company Men; the unexpected and delightful Artrageous where art and music go wild; and Taméca Jones, the Queen of Austin Soul music. Visit mainewine.com for more info.
What do you get when you mix nine tents, the world's greatest lobster cooker, a sea goddess, a big parade, top notch entertainment, an international crate race, fine art, talented crafts people and vendors, US Navy ship tours, all you can eat pancakes, professional and amateur cooking contests, marine heritage, road races, kids events, and over 20,000 pounds of lobster? The Maine Lobster Festival! For more informations, visit The Maine Lobster Festival.
If you love the coast of Maine, you won't want to miss this high-summer event! Each year we gather Maine's finest artists, architects, boatbuilders, craftsmen, designers, furniture makers, jewelers, and marine gear vendors together in ONE place at ONE time, so you can meet them in person. For more info, visit maineboats.com/boatshow.
The 2017 Union Fair will be a great week of family fun and entertainment! There will be contests, live music, harness racing, the Wine Pavilion, fireworks, the Maine Wild Blueberry Queen Coronation, 2 Demolition Derbys, exhibits, food, demonstrations & shows, the Midway, 4-H, Laser Tag, lots of food, the Matthews Museum, High Flying Frisbee Dogs, the pulling, new for 2017 Lawnmower Drag Racing and more at the 146th Union Fair! For more info, visit unionfair.org.
Join us in the Vineyard for an elegant evening featuring a multi-course meal prepared by the talented team at Trillium Caterers and live entertainment. We’re thrilled to be welcoming the warm harmonies of a cappella group Linkin’ Bridge and the pop cabaret of Frenchie Davis, voted fan favorite on the second season of American Idol. This is one party not to be missed! Under the Maine Sun is SOLD OUT! Visit mainewine.com for more info.
Join us for afternoon of indulgence, tasty treats and perfectly paired bites! Pick your own tasting adventure, choosing from a variety of educational live food demonstrations and tastings. Also enjoy a decadent array of stationed and passed food and beverage pairings will be presented by Trillium Caterers. Come ready to eat! Oyster and champagne is only the tip of the pairings iceberg – bubbles, wine, beer or bourbon – your pairings wish is our command. For more info, visit www.mainewine.com
Every Labor Day weekend, Camden hosts a windjammer celebration of maritime heritage. Throughout the day on Friday, Schooners from around Maine sail in and dock in our harbor—whether you’re a boat lover or not, it’s a spectacular site. After nightfall, fireworks officially kick off the weekend, and festivities continue throughout. For more information, visit www.camdenwindjammerfestival.org
The Camden International Film Festival returns to the midcoast for its tenth season. The festival will once again shine the spotlight on works that show dedication to craft and a unique and artistic approach to telling a darn good story. All films are selected because of their ability to arouse discussion on documentary film as an art form, a catalyst for change and as an outlet for the independent voice.
The Common Ground Country Fair attracts about 60,000 people each year for three days and since 1998 has been held on more than 250 acres of farmland and forest owned by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. With no amusement park rides and a menu from vendors made up primarily of locally-sourced and organic ingredients, its main draw is events focused on sustainability and rural living. If you've never been, it's worth a visit! For more info, visit mofga.org.
VinFest 2017 will return to Thompson’s Point, Portland and feature a multi-course dinner prepared by Chef Abigale Avey of Trillium Caterers and an evening with Chaka Khan. For more information, visit www.mainewine.com.
The 19th annual PopTech, referred to as a conference for "real thinkers" by WIRED, will take place October 20–22 in our hometown of Camden, Maine. What to expect? Three jam-packed days of brilliant stage talks, performances, workshops, conversations, happy hours, parties and our much loved randomly assigned lunches and dinners. For more information visit poptech.org.
In December, Camden is transformed into a festive and intimate fairytale town, complete with an enchanting star on top of the mountain overlooking the town. Christmas by the Sea, featuring a full weekend of activities, kicks off the season with a holiday parade, Santa’s arrival (by boat!) to the Midcoast, store-wide sales, free photos with Santa, open houses and craft fairs. For more information, contact the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce or call 207-236-4404.
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